Sunday Preview: September 29, 2013

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Life TogetherThis Sunday, in the last sermon in our Life Together series, we’ll see how the Apostle Peter tells us to live life together since “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7). I won’t give away the answer, but I will tell you that it’s stunningly un-sensational yet gloriously extraordinary. After the sermon, as we get ready to re-launch our small group ministry next week, we’ll install and commission four new Small Group Leader Deacons and pray for them and their wives as they begin their new ministry among us. But don’t wait until Sunday to pray, you can be praying now for Ben and Allie Maurer, Jeff and Christina Waldron, Dean and Sarah McLaurin, and Jameson and Diedra Nass.

Bolivia Ministry Trip Application Deadline

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Bolivia Orphan MinistryThe deadline to apply for the Bolivia Ministry trip to Casa de Esperanza has been extended to October 5, 2013. The trip will take place March 27 through April 7, 2014 and will be focused on construction work (metal roofing, plumbing, painting, sanding, and staining,) around the orphanage. Evenings will be set aside for times to care for the children and employees of the orphanage. The estimated cost of the trip will be $1950 per person. For more detailed information on the trip, see this blog post, or contact pastor Jon in the office.

You can fill out an application here. A $100 deposit is required. The deadline to apply for the team is October 5, 2013. Those not accepted to the team will receive a full refund of the deposit amount. Those who cancel participation in the trip after October 15 will not receive a refund.

Sunday Preview: September 22, 2013

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Life TogetherThree weeks into our Life Together sermon series and one thing is crystal clear: the Christian life is inescapably and irreducibly corporate. The Bible will not let our life be reduced to merely Jesus and me. God placed us in the church. And it’s there that we live life together. This means that our battle against remaining sin is also inescapably and irreducibly corporate. That’s what we’ll see as we study Hebrews 3:12-14 on Sunday. Progressive sanctification is a community project. We get the grace of enlisting the help of our brothers and sisters in our battle against remaining sin. And we get to be an instrument of grace as we help others in their battle against sin. It’s been said that war is a team sport. How kind of God to give us an army of fellow Christian soldiers to help fight the war! May God prepare us to press on in the battle as we gather on Sunday to declare our dependence on him and his means of persevering grace.

Praying for the Small Group Leader’s Retreat

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This weekend the small group leaders along with the small group leaders in training will gather with their wives for a prayer and training retreat. I’m full of joy at the privilege of spending extended time with each one of these gifted individuals who desire to serve you, the members of SGC.

The pastors have been praying for God to meet each one of these men and their wives this weekend, and we’d love to have you join us in prayer as well. Please pray:

  • For God to glorify himself and his Son through our time together in his word, through worship in song, and through our biblical fellowship with one another.
  • For the existing small group leaders to be refreshed and revived with grace and hope to continue to serve.
  • For the small group leaders in training to be filled with fresh faith for their potential ministry to God’s people.
  • For the wives of these men to feel God’s love, care, and joy for each one of them as they follow their husbands in faith.

May he who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, refresh and rejuvenate us with his presence and power as we seek to remind ourselves of the amazing grace of the gospel that allows us to live life together in the church. Amen!

Existing Small Group Leaders

Adam Brachle (Heidi)
Bert Eikum (Beki)
Chris Holland-Tuve (Dianne)
Eric Patenaude (Becca)
Roger Smith (Heather)
Clyde Veldhuizen (Kim)

Small Group Leaders in Training

Andy Freeman
Ben Maurer (Allie)
Dean McLaurin (Sarah)
Jameson Nass (Diedra)
Jeff Waldron (Christina)

The Power of Grace to Overcome Sexual Sin

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Many men try over and over again to resist the lure of pornography but ultimately find that internet filters and shear determination are never enough to overcome the deceptive lure of sexual sin.

The truth of the Word of God tells us that the sinful desires and appetites of our heart cannot simply be eliminated or controlled, they must be exchanged for something greater—something more satisfying and more delightful, something that not only extends the promise of true and lasting joy, but actually delivers on the promise every single time.

When we remember the gospel—that Jesus loved us and died for us and now lives with power in us—it is like a volcano eruption of power that enables us to turn our back on temptation, to repent of sin and put it to death by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to live for my deepest and truest joy!

Man to ManChristian men, your fight against sexual sin is not a fight for your salvation. Jesus already won that. Your fight is a Spirit-empowered fight for your joy in light of his victory.

I invite you to come Saturday, September 28, from 8am to 10:30am (basketball at 8am, worship at 9am) as I teach on the power of grace to overcome sexual sin. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert.

Sunday Preview: September 15, 2013

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Life TogetherOn Sunday we’ll continue our Life Together sermon series by examining the chief Christian virtue: love. The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:14 to “above all . . . put on love.” In order to understand and obey that command, we’ll ask and answer three questions: Why is love so significant? What is love? How do we cultivate Christian love? Join us as we study together the why, what, and how of love.

Please pray for Pastor Rick as he prepares his sermon. Pray for Tom Fluharty and the worship team as they prepare to point us to the Throne of Grace. Pray for Pastor Jon as he prepares to lead us at the Lord’s Table. Pray for the Welcome Team and the Discovery Kingdom workers as they prepare to serve in the strength that God supplies so that he gets all the glory (1 Peter 4:11). And let’s pray for each other, that we would come together as God’s temple, his church, and delight that Christ has forged the way into God’s presence made manifest by his Holy Spirit. Let’s gather on Sunday morning expectant and excited as we worship our Savior together in song and in the preaching of God’s word.